To start off, last Thursday it snowed. And not just like little flakes, but big gusts of wind, snow all over the place, sticking to the ground kinda storm. It was 32 degrees. And windy, and nobody was home for their appointments (including dinner which canceled twice...) but that's okay because we found things to do, people to see and food to eat (I'm kidding about that last one, we wouldn't have starved... don't worry :)). One of the elderly sisters in the ward fell last week and we visited her a couple times this week to make sure she was okay and had company. She's doing great (besides the fact that she broke 3 ribs) and really just wants someone to talk to. A lovely nice old lady who is from Puerto Rico and so I understand about 1/2 (if that) of what she says.
Friday night we had family come out to visit an investigator with us. She wasn't home and neither were our other 2 backups that lived in the area. So we took a chance to visit one more family that we hadn't been able to see all week and they were home! And we taught F about family history and it was perfect because the member who was with us, helped F draw out her family tree and her line of descendants. And yesterday when we went back with F, we had a pamphlet on the temples and went through with her and taught about the purpose of the temple and what goes one and eternal families. She was really touched and as we taught about the temples we ended the lesson and she said "I want to go there....no, I'm going there." There's been a lot going on in her life right now and so she hasn't been able to come to church and we need to push her baptismal date but she still felt the spirit and knows that this is something she wants for her and her family.
Have I told you about M? He was a referral from the university sister missionaries a couple weeks ago and while he hasn't come to church, he's progressing slowly. He's awesome and I just love teaching him because you can see his desire and his real intent grow. When we first started teaching him he just wanted to be taught to know, but not to learn and then act. But he was willing to do his part and has been reading in the Book of Mormon. And last week when we taught him (or answered his questions, cause he always has a lot) we invited him to pray about authority and baptism again. And he said that he'd actually do it, and that he really really wanted to come to church this sunday! So we're hoping it actually happens!!!!
Have I ever told you how much I love the war chapters in the Book of Mormon (specifically the ones in Alma)? I've been reading through them in my studies and I've just been super excited to see what happens. And I love comparing it to what is happening today in our lives. Sure we aren't fighting a physical battle, but we are fighting spiritually. We had ward conference last sunday and they talked about how we need to be prepared to go out and fight in this battle. And just like we won't send family members or friends out to fight without weapons or armor, it's the same spiritually. I'm glad the elders gave you the challenge to read daily, and even if they don't follow up, I will :). Just as Captain Moroni prepared his people to go to battle and just as he protected his cities, we have the same responsibility to do so today! So read, put on your armor of God and be prepared!